Desert Challenge/SS4: Mikko Hirvonen wins stage four

Hirvonen-Perin © DR

– Another good MINI ALL4 Racing team effort
– Tomorrow, the field will have to contest the final stage of the 2016 ADDC

It was the hottest day of the 2016 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge so far. Nonetheless, Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen and his French co-driver Michel Périn won the stage, with Nasser Al-Attiyah in his Toyota coming second.

Third place was also secured by a MINI ALL4 Racing pairing: US-American Bryce Menzies and his navigator Andreas Schulz (GER). Behind them, Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) / Timo Gottschalk (GER) and Jakub Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL) finished fourth and fifth respectively, with Sheik Khalid Al-Qassimi and Khalid Al Kendi (both UAE) following in sixth position. The Russians Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov had an accident and are still on their way to completing the special stage.

The heat got to Hirvonen quite a lot but the Finn struggled through and set the fastest time of the day. “In the early stages I just didn’t find my rhythm,